Unpaved Road or Path Declared to be an Immovable Obstruction. RoG; Definitions, Obstructions; Rule 33-2(iv); Appendix 1, Part A, 5 c(ii) and Decision 33-8/20. Local rule. Revised 2014-08-05.
IN DEPTH: From Definitions, Obstructions: "An “obstruction’’ is anything artificial, including the artificial surfaces and sides of roads and paths … ". and exception c: "Any construction declared by the Committee to be an integral part of the course."
From Appendix 1 Part A 5 c(ii): "Providing relief of the type afforded under Rule 24-2b from roads and paths not having artificial surfaces and sides if they could unfairly affect play."

Areas on the course may be worn by traffic or walking players to the extent that large areas are laid bare. Such areas may often look like ordinary roads or paths although nothing artificially has been added to its surface. To avoid misinterpretations the committee may introduce a local rule which clarifies that a certain road or path which has no artificial surface is an integral part of the course - click to link.

When the committee considers that players, e.g. due to safety reasons or when an road or path which has no artificial surface could unfairly affect play, the road or path may be declared to be an immovable obstruction and the players may take relief, without penalty, under Rule 24-2b.

Note this local rule should be used sparingly.

In English. Suggested wording. The headline , the second sentence and the penalty may be removed when this Rule is placed together with other Rules under a specific headline.

Unpaved Road/Path Is an Immovable Obstruction
The unpaved road/path on hole ... at ... is an immovable obstruction. If the ball lies on or touches the road/path or when it interferes with the players stance or the area of the intended swing the player may take relief, without penalty, under Rule 24-2b.
Penalty: Match play - Loss of hole; Stroke play - Two strokes. 

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